Is your beloved pet a notorious plant nibbler? Or perhaps you are new to house plants and have yet to test the waters as to how much of an interest your fur baby will have for your green babies? We’ve put together a list of our 10 favourite pet friendly plants below just for you!
Peperomia plants are amazing house plants that are not only pet safe but are also very easy to care for. Just provide bright sunlight and water whenever the soil has completely dried out! Another wonderful thing about Peperomia is that there are so many varieties of this plant - over 1,500 known species!
The once elusive Pilea Pancake (Pilea Peperomioides) is pet safe, easy to care for, and has the most interesting circular foliage, making it a fun statement plant. It’s earned so many nicknames over the years such as UFO plant, Chinese Money Plant, Mirror Grass, and Missionary Plant. But our favourite nickname has to be the Friendship Plant. This species of plant earned that nickname due to its ability to grow multiple offshoots of baby plants or “pups” at once. More plants for you to share with all your family and friends!
3. Spider Plant
There seems to be a bit of discourse surrounding whether or not this plant is pet safe. The ASPCA deems any plant that is non-toxic to pets as pet safe and they meet that criteria! However, cats find this plant attractive because it is mildly hallucinogenic, similar to the effects of catnip. Otherwise, Spider Plants aren't toxic and don't have any long-lasting effects on the health of your fur babies.
4. Air Plants
All plants in the bromeliad family, including air plants (Tillandsia), are safe for pets. There are about 500 different air plant species, each with their own unique characteristics. These plants are epiphytic (grow on other plants/trees) and lithophytic (grow on rocks) and therefore do not require soil. They receive all their nutrients through their leaves rather than roots. This means that your choices on how you wish to display your air plants are endless! At home, you will need to water weekly and mist regularly, providing good circulation for the plants to dry out after watering. When mature, each species has a capability of producing some of the most striking and unique flowers you’ll ever see!
Unfortunately, there are not many large-growing pet friendly plants around in the market. However, the Cast Iron plant certainly ticks both those boxes. And a huge plus – they are low maintenance and can handle lower levels of sunlight. Its stunning textured foliage has made this plants leaves a staple in floral arrangements all over the world.
6. Parlour Palm
The Parlour Palm, also known as Bella Palm, serves up lush tropical vibes thanks to its long wispy foliage. This plant also has the ability to grow into a larger sized plant – up to 1 feet tall if given optimal care! The Parlour Palm loves bright but indirect sunlight and moderate humidity levels.
Ferns are not only pet safe, but they are also low light tolerant. Just think about where you’ve seen ferns in the wild – usually in wooded areas beneath the canopy of trees. That being said, they do typically require more humidity, especially during the winter months. A humidifier is recommended if the air in your home is on the dry side. Ferns are one of the most diverse groups of plants with about 11,000 known species!
Similar in care requirements as ferns, Prayer Plants also enjoy filtered sunlight and high humidity level. This species of plants gets its name from its natural behaviour. At nighttime, the leaves will fold upwards as though it’s putting its leaves together in prayer, which also makes this species of plants a popular one to create time-lapse videos of! Prayer Plants are also highly coveted for their strikingly colourful and ornate foliage.
If you have an unobstructed West or South facing window, then these stunning rosette succulents are perfect for you and your fur babies. They are non-toxic to pets, but also because of their hard succulent leaves, pets usually don’t seem to be interested in them. There are about 150 pure echeveria but due to their popularity, they have been cross-bred and now there are countless numbers of stunning hybrid echeveria species.
10. Money Tree
Last but not least, the classic Money Tree is not only safe for pets but has been a highly coveted ornamental house plant for decades and usually have braided trunks. The Money Tree loves bright but indirect sunlight with infrequent watering, making it very easy to care for!
Although all the plants in our list are deemed to be non-toxic, too much of anything may still give your pet an upset stomach. It’s always best to practice due diligence and monitor your pet's behaviour around any new house plants you introduce into your home. You can never be too safe! Happy planting! 🐶🌿🐱